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Doin’ Good: The Haven Animal Care Shelter gives animals a second chance

Published: Aug. 23, 2021 at 4:29 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 24, 2021 at 5:13 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KJTV) - The Haven Animal Care Shelter is known for going viral in July when a dog, Titan, was adopted after more than 10 years.

Day to day at the shelter, there are many more where Titan came from. Dogs, cats, and even a horse, call the shelter home.

Dr. Brenda Wilbanks runs the nonprofit, no kill shelter. She is a counselor in Lubbock, helping people, as her day job. When Dr. Wilbanks goes home, she focuses on man’s best friend.

“So it started.. my husband and I moved out to the country in 1977 and started just gradually taking in dogs,” Wilbanks said.

One day a dog had puppies on the Wilbanks’ doorstep, and the shelter took off from there.

Although Dr. Wilbanks says it is hard to see animals they care for get adopted, she knows it is best for them.

“If you’ve had them for awhile, like Titan.. everybody loved him. Just like losing a member of the family is what it is. But we know it’s what’s best for them so that’s what we do,” she said.

For that reason, doing what’s best for the animal, the shelter is picky about who they adopt out to. Dr. Wilbanks interviews applicants to make sure animals go to families where they fit in.

“I interview everybody just trying to find the best home for that particular animal,” Wilbanks said.

Adoptable dogs at The Haven range from puppies to senior dogs. They are listed here on the shelter’s website. The shelter is open for adoptions on Saturdays.

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